How to Design Fireplaces

There are many factors to consider when designing and/or purchasing a new fireplace. This article will give some tips and good questions to ask when choosing a fireplace.


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    Know where you want to have the hearth installed. This might be an easy option, if you are searching for an insert to upgrade an inefficient or nonworking fireplace. But with today's direct-vent and even port-free fireplaces, your options are almost endless.
    • Perhaps you'd like to begin your days with the extravagance of a fire in your master bathroom, or perhaps you would enjoy a fireplace along an interior wall in the kitchen. Without a current masonry fireplace and chimney, you'll be able to consider freestanding, vent-free gas or electric fireplaces and ranges that can be installed virtually everywhere.
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    Consider how much you'd like to invest. An electric insert installed in a nonworking fireplace could price as little as a few hundred dollars. If you want to remodel your home, the price of adding a wood-burning or gas fireplace could cost as much as $5,000, if venting and a chimney are necessary.
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    Decide if you want your fireplace to look impressive, heat your home or do both. Today's gas log sets and electric and gas fireplaces and stoves offer incredibly realistic flames and if that's all you want, you can stop there. But if you also want to heat a room or area of your residence, you can find many outstanding options.
    • Consider hearths that run using natural fuel, propane, wood pellets, or petroleum. There are also models that run-on electricity that can serve as an alternative fuel source. Having an alternate heat source in your house is a clever precaution against cold temperatures power outages.
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    Know how far you need the heat to reach, if you want to warm your fireplace from home. A hearth can be an excellent method to heat a brand new addition to your home without changing your central home heating. But the correct hearth pick to your house can also significantly cut down in your central heating statements.
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    Know how much would you need to consistently spend on gas, and what kinds of fuel are accessible in your region. Naturally, the price of a fireplace doesn't stop after setup. You'll continue to spend on upkeep and fuel and should consider those costs when purchasing.
    • Some fuel types include gas (possibly propane or natural gas), wood, and wood options that include electricity, petroleum, wood pellets and wood wax fire logs (equally made of sawdust that is a by-product of other production processes). Even corn and coal are fuel types.
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    Know how the fireplace style you are considering, will mishmash with the design elements already in your house. A contemporary, brushed steel hearth would appear out of place in Craftsman design home. Consider the style of your home's exterior and interior, and then narrow your selection. Rest assured, you will locate a hearth layout that'll function flawlessly in your home.


  • You can buy components separately and match them to your style.
  • Make sure the fireplace is in proportion to the room; the mantelpiece should be less than half the height of the ceiling.
  • For a contemporary look, go without a mantel or choose a ‘hole in the wall' fire.
  • A wood border has a warm look, while stone looks sophisticated. If buying a reclaimed fireplace, look for the frame first, then find a grate to fit.

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